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* DisappearedDad: the king (the father of the titular princesses) is a distant, negligent man. While not bad ''per se'', he never takes action until he's spent a ridiculous amount of time consulting a book of proverbs he carts around. When his oldest daughter comes down with a deadly disease, he vows to go out and find a cure...after having a leisurely breakfast and spending several days consulting his book. [[spoiler: He ends up not even attending his younger daughter's wedding, because he thinks the proverbs advise against it!]]

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* DisappearedDad: the The king (the father of the titular princesses) is a distant, negligent man. While not bad ''per se'', he never takes action until he's spent a ridiculous amount of time consulting a book of proverbs he carts around. When his oldest daughter comes down with a deadly disease, he vows to go out and find a cure...after having a leisurely breakfast and spending several days consulting his book. [[spoiler: He ends up not even attending his younger daughter's wedding, because he thinks the proverbs advise against it!]]



* OurElvesAreBetter: Averted. Elves in Bamarre are shorter than humans and work in the castle as nurses, as they know a lot about healing and herbs. The one elf that we get to know better, Milton, also loves knitting.

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* OurElvesAreBetter: OurElvesAreBetter:
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Averted. Elves in Bamarre are shorter than humans and work in the castle as nurses, as they know a lot about healing and herbs. The one elf that we get to know better, Milton, also loves knitting.


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* WitchSpecies: Sorcerors are this, living longer than humanity and born when lightning strikes marble. Despite this, many still marry humans (it's said they never wed their own kind).

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* HealingHerb: Elven moily flowers, which can ease pain and heal wounds.

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** Fairies are more like elves in that they are immortal, made of light, know powerful magic and fight monsters in the darkness beyond daylight.

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* OurElvesAreBetter: Averted. Elves in Bamarre are shorter than humans and work in the castle as nurses, as they know a lot about healing and herbs. The one elf that we get to know better, Milton, also loves knitting.

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** ''Book of Beings'' mentions that sorcerers rarely marry but if they do, they never marry someone from their own species.


* WeddingDay: Addie marries [[spoiler:Rhys]]. A passage from the epic poem ''Drault'' is read (in this case, by [[spoiler:Drault himself]]), and the couple speak vows in unison and twist locks their hair together.

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* WeddingDay: Addie marries [[spoiler:Rhys]]. A passage from the epic poem ''Drault'' ''Drualt'' is read (in this case, by [[spoiler:Drault [[spoiler:Drualt himself]]), and the couple speak vows in unison and twist locks their hair together.


* ThePlague/TheBlackDeath: The Gray Death, [[spoiler: which turns out to be a MysticalPlague.]]

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* ThePlague/TheBlackDeath: ThePlague[=/=]TheBlackDeath: The Gray Death, [[spoiler: which turns out to be a MysticalPlague.]]


* FindTheCure: The whole point of the book, with the added twist that Addie's not sure if the cure's even real[[spoiler: and when they do find it, it's too late for Meryl, who has to have an Emergency Transformation. Also played with, in that while the cure that Addie ultimately found would have worked just fine, she also inadvertantly found the "real" cure, which everyone in the kingdom had been searching for by being a "coward who found courage", Addie caused rain to fall all over the land. The rain came from the home of the fairies and cured everyone of the disease.]]
* FlightOfRomance: The sorcerer Rhys creates a magical scene showing him doing this with Princess Addie, and then later they do it for real.

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* FindTheCure: The whole point of the book, with the added twist that Addie's not sure if the cure's even real[[spoiler: and when they do find it, it's too late for Meryl, who has to have an Emergency Transformation. Also played with, in that while the cure that Addie ultimately found would have worked just fine, she also inadvertantly inadvertently found the "real" cure, which everyone in the kingdom had been searching for by being a "coward who found courage", Addie caused rain to fall all over the land. The rain came from the home of the fairies and cured everyone of the disease.]]
* FlightOfRomance: The sorcerer Rhys creates a magical scene showing him doing this with Princess Addie, and then later they do it for real. real.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Early on, Addie reads an encyclopedia entry on sorcerers, which mentions that they can marry humans (or other species) and have children. Addie is disappointed, because what she really wanted to know was the kind of magic sorcerers did [[spoiler: and yet, by the end, she is happily married to sorcerer Rhys and everyone expects them to have children]].

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* AffablyEvil: Vollys, the dragon who takes Addie captive, develops a very unusual dynamic with her. While she expects she'll eventually lose interest in Addie and kill her, she also enjoys her company, calls her by an AffectionateNickname, and expects she'll be mourning her even while she's dying. She [[EasilyForgiven takes no notice]] of Addie stabbing her during an escape attempt and, even as she lies dying from a wound the princess inflicted, she asks Addie to mourn her, as she would have done if their positions were reversed. Her final act is even to move her neck so Addie can get out from under.


* ScarsAreCool: InUniverse, Rhys wants the fairies to let him keep a scar incurred in the final battle because he thinks it makes him look "dashing."

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* ScarsAreCool: RuggedScar: InUniverse, Rhys wants the fairies to let him keep a scar incurred in the final battle because he thinks it makes him look "dashing."dashing.


* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims: The dragon Vollys treats her prisoners as "guests" before eating them, letting them live longer with a system of giving and taking away pieces of treasure from her hoard for entertaining her. She reminisces about several of her previous victims fondly, talking about them like they were old friends and mourning the fact that she got bored and killed them. [[spoiler: In return, the protagonist Addie later regrets having to kill her to escape.]]

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* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims: The dragon Vollys treats her prisoners as "guests" before eating killing them, letting them live longer with a system of giving and taking away pieces of treasure from her hoard for entertaining her. She reminisces about several of her previous victims fondly, talking about them like they were old friends and mourning the fact that she got bored and killed them. [[spoiler: In return, the protagonist Addie later regrets having to kill her to escape.]]


* TheKingdom: of Bamarre.

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* WeddingDay: Addie marries [[spoiler:Rhys]]. A passage from the epic poem ''Drault'' is read (in this case, by [[spoiler:Drault himself]]), and the couple speak vows in unison and twist locks their hair together.


* WizardsLiveLonger: Wizards can live centuries. They are a separate species from humans with a longer lifespan.

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* WizardsLiveLonger: Wizards can Sorcerers live centuries.for 500 years unless they meet with a mishap. They are a separate species from humans with a longer lifespan.

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* MuggleMageRomance: Princess Addie develops a crush on Rhys and wonders whether the attraction might be reciprocated. [[spoiler: It is, and they marry at the end of the book. In this case, it doubles as InterspeciesRomance, because sorcerors are a different sort of being from humans.]]

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